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Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale | Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Belgian Pale AleBlue Moon Belgian Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by NCSUdo on 05-26-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
219
Ratings:
1,080
Avg:
3.22
pDev:
18.94%
 
 
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Photo of atomicbeer
2.47/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep copper with almost ruby red cast, moderate bubbles rising, and a dense ecru cap. Aroma is first a light dose of citrusy, herbal, green hops and then toasted hawaiian bread and some extra candy sugar sweetness. Mostly lightly toasted malt in the taste, a bit woody and flat, just a bit of herbal/grassy hops, and just a bit of metallic twang. Mouth is a bit thin but fairly juicy initially then drying. Not really alot going on here - pale ale? not really; Belgian? don't taste anything Belgian; more of a generic amber ale.

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Photo of mikechance
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - weak light brown

S - not much of anything

T - bland and nothing

M - light

O - poor

I enjoy the occasional Blue Moon Ale, but this beer really disappointed. It lacks any decent qualities and I don't know who would drink it --- too void of flavor for craft beer drinkers and not enough for main stream drinkers to consume.

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Photo of DJED69
3.8/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the best if the "Moon" brews. Pours a nice clear copper color with decent lasting head. Smells of faint Belgian aromas and a nice pop of American hops. Taste follows suit. Some light Belgian stylings with decent (Cascade?) hops on the palate. I actually really liked this with a bowl of spicy chili. Wish I had another to follow up with. Worth a try.

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Photo of OrangeAmps
3.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured light amber with tiny head and a fair bit of lacing. very clear in complexion.

the smell was yeast forward with a smidge of mild hops

The taste was similar to that of a diluted pseudo-belgian blue moon.

For a Coors offering, not bad and certainly way better than the crap they usually make. It is not as good as blue moon, and certainly not deserving of the title of Belgian pale ale. Pretty weak for the style, but not terrible overall.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is a dark amber, translucent and almost copper color. The head poured at 1/2 inch thick and maintained a 1/4 inch thickness throughout the drink with heavy lacing on the glass.

The smell is primarily malt, with a hint of really subtle hops. There is a slight skunk/stale scent but not too much or unappealing.

The taste is is soft and well rounded...mainly malt (but not too sweet), some hops (but not too bitter) and a smooth finish with a hint of bitterness that really only creates a dry finish.

The mouthfeel is pleasant; sweet and soft with a slightly dry aftertaste. The carbonation is at a minimum.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. The smell was a little off but the flavor and mouthfeel was good. Worth a try and very drinkable at 5.4%.

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Photo of MisterDeeds
3.35/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden orange. Clean looking with a surprising frothy head, that laced the side of the glass for a while.

Smells mild with some bready yeast, but nothing jumping out.

Taste is clean and biscuity, with more bitterness than I expected, and a decent mouthfeel with a surprising amount of body.

Not too much going on with it, but it is overall a pretty smooth and drinkable Pale. Don't turn your nose up at it based on the label.

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Photo of Mike_Moe
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light amber color, light brown head.
Aroma: Light beer smell.
Flavor: Light toasted malt flavor. Medium light body, acidic carbonation
Overall: Besides the slightly toasted malt taste, this beer doesn't have much flavor. Its slightly hoppy with a harsh finish.

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Photo of BigDRS
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Belgian tulip glass.

A - Color is copper and very clear. Just a bit of off white head came up on the pour, but it quickly fell away. Very little carbonation visible except when I swirl the glass.

S - Pale malts with just a hint of citrus. The bottle says it's brewed with cascade hops and a touch of orange peel, so that's where the citrus must be coming from.

T - Basically the same as the nose with just a bit of a bready character. Relatively dry and crisp finish with a slight spice flavor at the very end.

M - Light to mid bodied. Decent amount of carbonation present.

O - Nothing stands out about this beer. I got this as part of a mixed six pack of "extra beer" from a friend after a party ... glad I didn't pay for it.

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Photo of mckenziac
2.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Taken from a Blue Moon seasonal variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color. Has a smallish, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Has a sweet, caramel smell with hints of citrus. The bottle says that they add orange peel, so it very well could be that. Still, all around the smell is a little faint.

Taste: Medium bitterness up front back by sweet, caramel maltiness. Finishes sweet, with a citrusy, fruity end. It has only a little bit of that Belgian yeastiness that one would expect from a Belgian pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, with a light body.

Overall: Overall, an unimpressive attempt at a Belgian style. Nothing awful, just nothing exceedingly memorable.

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Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.76/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled, poured into an American pint glass. Pours a translucent hazel colour, with a thin nut brown head that dissipates quickly. Smells of nut as well. Very mild in flavor, a little syrupy on the finish, well rounded. Not as bitter as I've come to expect from a pale ale, and much richer. Minimal carbonation. I wasn't anticipating enjoying this beer, but it has paid off very well. Entirely drinkable.

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Photo of Roose13
3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the Winter sampler

A: Copper

S: Wheat, orange, hops.

T: A bit hoppy, but not too strong or bitter. Taste of wheat, which is the BM style. A bit sweet as well.

M: Medium, balanced in carbonation, nice dry finish.

Overall Pretty decent attempt to keep the BM characteristic all while having something hopheads could actually enjoy. Solid beer that makes getting the Winter sampler worth getting.

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Photo of Looneybiz
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass with about a half inch of head. Disappeared pretty fast thought. Beer has a nice appearance and the smell was ok. Upon tasting it you get a small amount of flavor with little to no after taste.

It's been my favorite of the Blue Moon varieties so far and I would drink it again because its really not bad for a beer that is easily accessable and not overly pricey.

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Photo of NicholasCasber
2.72/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Despite all other reviews that I read prior to trying this beer, I didn't find it overly carbonated. The head was quick to assemble, however it didn't last incredibly long, after about a two minute wait, it was nearly all dissipated. The color is a light amber, with a white head.

S: The smell wasn't overly intense, and didn't have an off-putting aroma, but it wasn't as impressive as I'd had hoped.

T: The taste was par at best, for a pale ale, it felt that it was slightly sweeter than other bitter pales that I've had before. I was surprised to see this as an ale, as it has more of the characteristics of an american craft lager.

M: The mouthfeel for the beer was something left to be desired. It's hard to put my finger on it, but I found me scraping my tongue.

D: This beer is not something that I'd reach for on the day to day, even if I was looking for a "craft" or "specialty" beer.

Overall, not severely impressed, but at the same time, not disappointed, I found that this beer was better consumed once warmer than initially out of the fridge.

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Photo of SkitzIrish3
3.06/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours near clear a deep amber with many small bubbles rising up to almost a finger of head. Impressive appearance considering the label.

Wheat, orange aroma. There is a hint of coriander, though not as strong or pungent as the Belgian White.

Smooth and crisp, the toasted malts are accompanied by what seems to be apple notes, ending in slight bitterness. The finish is mildly bitter and would be better complimented with more accentuated apple notes(?).

A decent beer. If Blue Moon products were sold at a price reflecting their quality they would be a constant in my fridge. I hope they lower the price a few dollars soon (yea, that’ll happen).

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Photo of hockeyhead
4.25/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A:pours copper colored with creamy looking white fluffy head
S: smell is citris cascade hop notes with some malt coming through
T: piney citris notes then a cmooth bready smooth finish actually this is well balanced im surprised
M: lite to medium body very carbinated but is very refreshing too im stuck
D: i can drink alot of these no problem yummy beer

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Photo of JerseyPaul
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, light orange color with plenty of carbonation; off white head dissipates quickly but leaves good lacing

Smell: Sweet malt w/ citrus & spice notes; mild hoppiness with fruity Belgian yeast notes

Taste: Sweet, lightly caramel malt with a touch of orange & spice; very light hop bitterness with no alcohol aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body; good carbonation; smooth but not watery

Drinkability: Goes down smooth & easy; consumable in large quantities in one sitting

Overall, Pale Moon is another respectable entry from Coors' foray into craft beer. As is the case with most of the beers in this line-up; it's a toned down version of the style that the average beer drinker will try & like. You can do better, but you can definitely do worse too.

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Photo of poop_brew
2.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 12oz. Bottle into a pint glass. A wonderful appearance, a nice beer on a cool thanksgiving day!

S: an average citrus aroma with a subtle hop finish. Pretty average though.

T: a nice taste, but not quite was I was looking for in a Belgium pale ale.

M: great drinkability and a smooth carbonation beer.

O: a decent brew. Great for the holidays, but probably wouldn't drink it every night. I'd recommend it to a friend if try hadn't had it before.

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Photo of harveystarr
3.64/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This review may not be popular, however, that's why we all review beer. I'm a strong advocate for Craft Breweries and in general vehemently against the Big Boys ala AB, Coors, Etc. That being said, I must give credit where credit is due.
While I will always go for a craft with character in almost all occasions, I believe there is almost always at least one situation for each and all beers. Blue Moon Pale is a sessionable quaff with enough character to keep anyone interested, but "blah" enough to session all night.

App: No complaints. Great golden amber colour, with a small, tight head.
Smelll: Hops immediately, not overpowering, but just enough.
Taste: Even keeled, with a nice hop kick to it. Not too much character on the hops. Slight malt flavour. But they malt and hops do balance themselves nicely.
Mouth: Adequate, just under medium body.
Overall: Sessionable. Hard to hate, easy to overlook. But as said, very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of OverToad
4.63/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a brewmasters collection 24 pack at Sams which also included Blue Moon and Full Moon.

This is by far the best tasting beer out of the Blue Moon line-up. I drank a few of these right off the bat and this is a really easy beer to drink.

Color is a reddish clear with nice head. Smell is fantastic.

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Photo of cjl1209
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

"This Belgian-Style Pale Ale is brewed with Cascade hops and a touch of hibiscus and orange peel."

A - Pours a clear copper color with a 2 finger off white bubbly head. Decent lacing throughout.

S - Spicy hops and apples. A little on the weak side though.

T - Nice subtle fruity tones with an emphasis on apples. Mild spicy hop flavor with a touch of flowers.

M - Light but with high carbonation levels.

D - Medium to high. This is a good solid brew with some tasty flavors that I would have no problem having multiple offerings. My only gripe is that the carbonation may be too high and cause some bloating/gaseous problems when numerous are ingested.

Final Thoughts: By far and away the best of the Blue Moon lineup. This beer is about as close to a craft offering as BMC has gotten so far and I like it.

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Photo of TheGarvenator
4.23/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours dark and amber with somewhat of a head

S - smells like orange peel with hops and malt

T - tastes mostly like what it smells like; malty orange peel with hops and hibiscus...

M - very carbonated with the tangy feeling of citrus

D - very drinkable with a good finish

Ive usually have the original Blue Moon and I was impressed with the pal ale version...still holds true to the citrus flavor that reminds you its a Blue Moon....I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a Blue Moon and a good tasting pale ale with a crisp orange taste..

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Photo of brunrn1
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I cant promote a beer that needs an orange slice to make it taste better or at least try to taste better. I tried a pint of this and could not drink anymore after that pint. I had to switch beers. To me this might be more of a ladies type of beer, I cant see a bar full of men drinking beer with oranges in it.

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Photo of rcfunk
3.94/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am just going to come out and say it. I think Coors does a great job with their Blue Moon brand across the board. Beside Blue Moon itself, Pale Moon is my favorite beer they produce under the label.

Belgian Pale is a style of beer underrepresented in American craft beer. Pale Moon showcases enough Belgian yeast ester to stand out from a regular pale ale yet still be sessionable. If you want to taste a little yeast in your pale and experience a good introduction to a somewhat obscure style. Give this one a try.

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Photo of BrianBoruma
2.66/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter glass

Appearance: Finger thick head of white foam that dissipates after a few moments and does cling slightly to the side. Liquid is amber colored.

Aroma: Kind of disappointing. Was hoping for more. I get a bit of malt and that's it.

Taste: Malt. It's got some slight spice notes, which I'm guessing come from the addition of orange peel and hibiscus (according to the bottle anyway) but it's lighter than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel. Fuller than I expected. Decently carbonated, but doesn't finish as dry as I'd expect based on the addition of the candi sugar they mention (again from the bottle.)

Overall. Eh, I feel like for an American interpretation Fat tire wows me a bit more. This one isn't bad but overall I'm unimpressed.

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Photo of xybreeder
3.37/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very lively, clear, beautiful orange/light amber color, borderline perfect head. Lacing nice and thick, especially for how clear the beer is (you would expect less head).

S: Not too impressed with the smell, not much really there but slight hoppy and orange peel presence.

T: A little bitter, but nothing's jumping out at me, seems flavors are subtle and I'd be reaching to define any strong characteristics. I do detect a small presence or orange peel (shocker!) and flowers, but the carbonation and bitterness seem to overpower the flavor.

M: I see some of the other reviews mention it being flat to little or no carbonation, I'm not getting that at all (perhaps a different batch/shipping/temps/etc). Mine is very well carbonated, and again, is overpowering some of the flavors.

D: Still very drinkable, maybe because I'm urning for more flavor but still enjoy the hops flavor that is detectable over the carbonation.

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Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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